Canadiens-Capitals: Ovechkin Show Pushes Caps to Win

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals played each other for the second time this week, this time at the Verizon Centre in Washington.

The Capitals' star player, Alexander Ovechkin, participated in every goal by his team in a 5-4 overtime victory. Ovechkin was hungry for net, scoring four goals and assisting in a fifth.

As for the Canadiens, they played catch-up all evening long. Down 0-3 during the second period, Montreal managed to come back within a single goal before the period expired. Sergei Kostitsyn registered his fifth goal of the season followed by his brother Andrei Kostitsyn who scored with just one second left on the clock.

Ovechkin gave another two-goal lead to his team halfway through the third period with his third goal of the game but Guillaume Latendresse scored twice to tie up the game at 4-4. Latendresse's second goal of the game came with only 33 seconds to go in the game.

But the star of the evening scored his fourth goal during the overtime period to finally register the victory for his team. With his four goals, Ovechkin now leads the league in scoring with 43 goals this season.

Montreal managed to score a point with the comeback during regulation. Montreal is now only five points behind the conference leaders who lost yesterday.